Tag Archives: Business and Law

UC Ranked first for Business & Economics

In the recently released results for 2019, Times Higher Education has ranked UC’s Business school first place in Aotearoa New Zealand for Business and Economics.

The ranking, which ties UC with the University for Auckland, also places the school in the top 10 for Australasia and the best across Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia for research citations, showing the work coming from our Business School is making an impact.

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues in the Business School on their recent success.

For more on the 2019 rankings, follow this link>

Expectations, experiences and wellbeing – School of Law | Te Kura Ture

Ursula Cheers Lynne Taylor

An ongoing longitudinal study across three Aotearoa New Zealand universities has already changed teaching and wellbeing practices in the School of Law | Te Kura Ture.

The longitudinal study, which began in 2014, aims to present those teaching law with comprehensive data to inform their teaching practices and potentially to enhance the law school experience more widely across Aotearoa New Zealand. The study is funded by the Ako Aotearoa Southern Regional Hub Project Fund.

UC’s School of Law has already begun to make changes based on some preliminary findings. As well as implementing a Wellbeing Plan, adopted unanimously by staff last year, the School has introduced an early warning system to identify students in their first or second year who may be struggling with their studies. A student advisor phones these students to check on how they are doing and offer support and assistance.

Co-author on the study Associate Professor Lynne Taylor (pictured above right), whose lectures include ‘Lynne’s life tips’, says students often need help transitioning from high school to study at university as well as ongoing assistance with developing resilience.

“If students are not managing their time now, if they are pulling all-nighters or getting sick, this is the time to learn to do it differently. Law is stressful, workforce pressure is much greater and they will be dealing with other people’s lives and money.

If we can equip our students to deal with these challenges, they will be far more successful.”

Dean of Law | Amo Ture and co-author Professor Ursula Cheer (pictured above left) says the future can be worrying for students.

“The law profession is changing. We need to make them aware of skills as well as knowledge and bring them confidence around self-management.”

UC’s School of Law | Te Kura Ture has recently hosted a first for Aotearoa New Zealand, a symposium for law academics from around the country to connect on teaching, learning and wellbeing.

Lane Neave LawTech Bootcamp

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) has a new opportunity for students—the Lane Neave LawTech Bootcamp.

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As the digital world continues to evolve, technology plays an increasingly central role in how customers do business and how law firms deliver their services. Technology can make legal advice and services more accessible, quicker, and cheaper. It is now more important than ever for law firms to meet the market through the smart use of technology.

Taking place in Term 3, from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August, the Bootcamp brings teams of students together from a range of disciplines where they will work to develop tech-based solutions for the legal sector. The weekend will finish with student teams pitching their strategies to a judging panel and the chance to take away a share of the $3,000 prize pool.

This opportunity is open to all current UC students from all levels and areas of study. However, it may be of particular interest to students in law, management, marketing, information systems, computer science, and/or software engineering disciplines.

If you know any students who would be interested in this Bootcamp, please forward this information on or direct them to the UCE website. Applications are now open and are closing at 12pm (noon) on Friday 28 July. Students can apply by completing the online application form.

Additionally, if you are an academic with expertise that may be beneficial to the cause and would like to get involved in this competition, contact Michelle Panzer at michelle.panzer@canterbury.ac.nz ext. 93404

Emeritus Professor receives second honour

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor John Burrows, ONZM, QC who has been made a Companion of the Order (CNZM) in the 2017 New Year Honours. His honour comes three years after he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Emeritus Professor Burrows was appointed the Chair of the New Zealand Flag Consideration Panel in February 2015 and led the Panel throughout the flag consideration project. Professor Burrows’ chairmanship was notable for its professionalism, and for his careful and considered approach and commitment to delivering an inclusive process resulting in significant public engagement.

He is a UC law lecturer, author, former member of the Law Commission, and was co-chairman of the Panel which reviewed the New Zealand constitution in 2012 and 2013.

Read his full citation here and see who else received a CNZM

Read more news coverage here

Business and Law College Research Seminar

You are all welcome to attend the next College Research Seminar.

When: Monday 20 June, 12noon-1.30pm
Where: College Lounge

Professor Adrian Sawyer as Research Director will chair the session.

The speakers will be:

– Senior Lecturer Natalie Baird and Associate Professor John Caldwell (School of Law)
The Work Readiness of New Zealand Law Graduates.
We are currently engaged in a research project aimed at exploring employer perspectives on the work readiness of New Zealand law graduates. Phase one of the project (interviews with 15 city employers) has been completed and we will report on initial findings from these interviews. This project is aligned with a wider project of the School of Law’s Socio-Legal Research Group which involves a longitudinal study of the expectations, experiences and skills of the 2014 first-year cohort of law students at Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury law schools.

– Associate Professor Jeremy Clark, Department of Economics and Finance
“Can Revenue Sharing Increase the Performance of Micro Credit Among Higher Risk Business Start Ups?”
Micro credit is a system widely used in developing countries where low income people who lack collateral can form borrowing groups, and collectively receive a modest loan at an interest rate far lower than would otherwise be available from private money lenders. Borrowing groups who successfully repay one loan are eligible to receive future loans, again at interest rates that would otherwise be unavailable. Micro credit has been widely taken up by “low risk” borrowers in India and elsewhere, but not by would-be entrepreneurs whose business start ups pose higher risk. We have run a lab experiment simulating micro credit, testing whether adding a “revenue sharing” option among higher risk borrowers can raise loan repayment rates, making it a more viable credit option for such borrowers. We find some evidence that it does.

– Associate Professor Lucie Ozanne, Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Lyttelton Time Bank as a Builder and Mobiliser of Capabilities during the Canterbury Earthquakes – Part 2
This presentation will look at how the Lyttelton Time Bank mobilised the adaptive capacities it had created, before the earthquakes, increasing the resiliency of the local community during disaster relief and reconstruction. This is a follow-up talk to that presented at the previous College Research Seminar.

Please RSVP by 13 June to Catherine Woods (please advise if you require vegetarian or gluten free or other options).